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#1 AutoPilot

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Posted 29 January 2013 - 11:46 PM

I recently read a thread in the beginners forum titled "An amazing astronomy show" that made me want to start my own thread. I know the intent of the beginners forum is not to post videos from YouTube so this thread can be moved or deleted by the mods if needed. Hopefully this video is educational and entertaining enough to hang around.

Here is the back story, I’ll keep it short (feel free to skip to the link below). I received this video in an innocent email in early December 2012. I say innocent because things started to snow ball from that point which was not the senders intent. After watching the video I searched to the ends of YouTube for more videos and came across many good ones (including the video in the previously mentioned thread). When I ran out of videos I started to look into doing this for myself. I landed here among other forums and the obsession continued to grow. I needed a telescope of my own; there was no question about it.

Towards the end of December I bought my first telescope, and Orion XT8i. Since then I have spent a lot of my free time on the forums, observing, educating myself and day dreaming about what’s to come…..

I hope this video can inspire others to get into astronomy like it has for me.

http://www.youtube.c...h?v=ZhgR3zVfo-0

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 12:18 AM

Stunning video, thanks for the link!

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 12:54 AM

I can see how it could inspire a new hobby. Great video!

Thanks!

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 01:37 AM

Wonderful video.
I experienced Yosemite dark skies first hand (without a scope) and it was absolutely breathtaking.
I also hiked from the valley all the way up to half-dome around 20 years ago but I can’t describe that experience as wonderful – more like hell but that is a whole different story.
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Posted 30 January 2013 - 06:19 AM

Now thats an awesome and very moving video I absolutely loved it, And it should be shown at all schools to inspire kids today that astronomy and science is fun and amazing.

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 06:39 AM

Great video, thanks for the link!

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 06:46 AM

Amazing Video. Thanks for sharing

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 08:14 AM

Adding to my "list" . Thank you!

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 10:33 AM

Absolutely stunning. This from a guy whose whole life could look up into the night sky and count the number of stars. Literally.

Thanks for sharing.

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 10:49 AM

Now thats an awesome and very moving video I absolutely loved it, And it should be shown at all schools to inspire kids today that astronomy and science is fun and amazing.

That is a great idea!

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 10:52 AM

Amazing! I was especially impressed with the meteors.

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 11:11 AM

very nice 11

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 01:15 PM

Here is another one that can be added to your list if it is not there already.

Tempest Milky Way on Vimeo
http://vimeo.com/28040685

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 02:09 PM

im starting a list will add these to the site! thanks folks!

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 04:52 PM

I was especially impressed with the meteors.


I saw a bunch of artificial satellites, but I don't think there were any meteors.

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 04:53 PM

I think those "meteors" were airplanes. Meteors would only show up in one frame.

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 06:17 PM

Before I blew out my ACL I did some mountain climbing in the eastern Sierras. All I remember is how the wind at night came whipping through the high altitude passes like a freight train. I'm very surprised to learn that Yosemite is calm at night. I am dying to go. Thanks for the video.

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 09:08 PM

Wow that was awesome. I wish I lived somewhere like that.

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 09:56 PM

One of my favorites:

http://www.youtube.c...be_gdata_player

Is that the zodiacal light near the beginning?

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 10:32 PM

Here is another outstanding video.

This is not a time lapse. This moonrise, recorded just two days ago and presented here in real time, was shot two days ago in Wellington, New Zealand — and it is positively spellbinding. Seriously. Just watch.

The moon illusion is working overtime here, thanks to some clever camera placement by astrophotographer Mark Gee, who set up shop a full two kilometers away from Mount Victoria Lookout in anticipation of the Moon's appearance over the horizon. Writes Gee of the video, which he calls, appropriately, "Full Moon Silhouettes".

Full page write up at this site.

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 11:47 PM

What a response! I'm very happy everyone is enjoying the video.

I agree, this should be shown in schools.

Thanks to those who posted their own videos. The real time moon rise is beautiful!

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 08:07 AM

I hope this video can inspire others to get into astronomy like it has for me.

http://www.youtube.c...h?v=ZhgR3zVfo-0


I noticed in one of the moving camera scenes a star that didn't move then just disappeared. Anyone notice that?

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Posted 31 January 2013 - 11:22 AM

I noticed in one of the moving camera scenes a star that didn't move then just disappeared. Anyone notice that?


I saw that as well, looked decidedly blue. I thought I'd lost a pixel on my monitor. Probably a chip artifact, or possibly an iridium flare?

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 07:24 PM

One of my favorites:



Is that the zodiacal light near the beginning?

Brian


Yes indeed!

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Posted 01 February 2013 - 10:33 PM

Cool video. :waytogo: Prof. Brian Cox is the one who got me interested in the universe, which led to astronomy.

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